In my own way, I guess that I’m trying to put a “Global Kettle” on for all of us. I want to give us a metaphorical moment to pause, waiting for the water to boil while in the meantime executing the soothing tasks of preparing the teapot and setting out the cups. How many cups do you think we’ll need for this current situation?
Well, just for now, let’s start with one actual cup of tea for you.
Allow the time in between the steeping and pouring to be that of breathing and sinking deeply into yourself. One of the beauties of tea is that it’s safe and neutral. It’s no accident that the Japanese have elevated its preparation into a ritual that verges on the spiritual.
When you’re pouring that hot liquid into your cup, your attention is focused, and you’re completely present, removed from all other situations. For that one moment, your mind is not wandering; you’re one with the action. With this moment of concentration, you’ve given yourself a reprieve from the constant chatter coming from inside your mind and from the outside world.
When I say, “chatter,” I mean the fear-based thinking that’s either being fed to you through your physical senses or brought up internally by your psyche as a means of release. A moment of reprieve from that outside noise means that you have a bit of time to make friends with your inner world.